When we brought Asher home from the hospital we immediately started using the Velcro swaddles. Those worked on Asher for about two weeks. He very easily started getting his hand up out over the top or would wake up mad because his arm was stuck as he was trying to wiggle his way out. I knew we needed a new game plan for the swaddling. As always, I started Googling and came across lots of different options. As any parent probably knows, when you start looking at new ways to swaddle your baby, you start seeing your dollar bills go out the window! Swaddle products are expensive! At least they are to me!
I began reading different reviews over different products. I considered many different options but before I made my final decision, I started asking some of my friends who are also newish parents. A couple of them recommended The Miracle Blanket. (Play angel music here).
Now, before Asher got too long, he could not get his legs out as pictured above. Getting his leg out and eventually a hand is what pointed us to the Zipadeezip. BUT, for almost three months we LOVED the Miracle Blanket. I will admit, I was skeptical at first because there are no “fastenings” or velcro. The baby is all swaddled by wrapping! Here is a nifty step by step photo below.
There was no way Asher was wiggling out of this! After using it for a few days and nights, he became used to it and started sleeping with no problems. Since we are Amazon Prime addicts, we ordered it from them–click here. As with other swaddle products, I felt it was fairly comparable to other prices. The Miracle Blanket is priced at $29.95 from Amazon. Once I realized this worked like a charm, I did invest in a second one to have while one is in the wash. Asher might be labeled a “spitter” so we need to have extras on hand. But hey, for as much as they need to sleep, I felt the investment was worth it! So was my sanity!
A couple of notes worth mentioning:
When we purchased out first one, it was blue, like the one pictured way above. Washing and drying it did not make it shrink. However, when I purchased out second one (beige with green trim, directly above) I went with the cotton knit material to have a lighter feel than the blue one which was 100% cotton. The knit material did shrink.
I bought the knit material because the blue 100% cotton was pretty warm. I wasn’t comfortable putting Asher in a footed PJ onesie at night (during the summer). I felt he got to be too hot for comfort. However, the knit one is more breathable and worked like a charm with his PJs.
Here are my thoughts in nutshell:
*easy to use
*easy to care for
*no special fastenings to worry about
*great product to keep baby’s arms from wiggling up towards face
*gender neutral colors available, plus other cute prints
*one solid piece of material that is easy to wrap baby up
*a little pricey ($29.95 from Amazon) On Amazon prices can vary by color too, unlike the retailer’s
* 100% cotton might be warm for baby in summer months
*I wish it lasted longer than about 14 weeks! Once Asher hit right at about 12 weeks, he was too long for it and was kicking out of it (like pictured above).
Here are some product facts from the actual retailer’s site www.miracleware.com:
After Asher sadly outgrew the Miracle Blanket, we transitioned to the Zipadeezip. You can read that review here.